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Issue of Employer Wage Theft Rarely Makes it to State’s Criminal Courts

A probation officer leads Christy Lodwick, right, from a Douglas County Courtroom  on Jan. 26, 2015 in Castle Rock, Colo., after she was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 15 years of probation for three fraud-related felonies connected to the operation of AspenFalls Spa.

Christy Lodwick, who has a history of opening spas or other health related businesses that then fail, recently was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus probation and restitution for three felonies. But her former employees, who claim tens of thousands of dollars in stolen wages, received nothing. Continue Reading →

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Spa Schemes Illustrate Impotency of State Law in Recovering Stolen Wages

Christy Lodwick listens to her attorney  Douglas County Courtroom in Castle Rock, Colo., during her sentencing hearing on Jan. 26, 2015.  Lodwick was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 15 years of probation for three fraud-related felonies connected to  the operation of AspenFalls Spa.

A court investigation into spa operator Christy Lodwick shows dozens of civil cases and 35 judgments against her, including claims for non-payment of debts, fraud and failure to pay wages. She was convicted of criminal charges in Douglas County, but her former employees will not be receiving their stolen wages. Continue Reading →

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Web Extra: Extended Wage Theft Conversation on Colorado State of Mind

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I-News finds that since 2005, $31 million has been recovered by the US Dept of Labor, money illegally withheld from Colo employees. But as much as $750 million may still be owed. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News journalists Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Cynthia Hessin talk to Nina DiSalvo, executive director of Towards Justice -- a worker's rights group, and director of litigation Alex Hood. Continue Reading →

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‘Tiny Home’ in Hartsel Draws Large Interest

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A growing number of Americans are experimenting with ultra-small homes for their affordability, flexibility and environmental benefits. Proponents also say they offer a simpler, less consumption-oriented lifestyle. So-called 'tiny homes' cost between ten and fifty-thousand dollars. That's a fraction of the price of the average American house. "I wanted to make sure I had a couch or a love seat, rather than chairs … so I made sure there was enough space for that," said Christopher Smith who built his own tiny home outside Hartsel, a Park County community. Continue Reading →

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